This policy is current as at 20/10/2019 06:36am, AEDT. Please refer to policy library website ( for an updated version.

Road Safety Education, Driver Education and Training Policy

This policy is designed to support effective road safety education programs in NSW public schools K-12. It also assists schools to plan effective driver education for students in Years 9 and 10 and Stage 6 Crossroads.

1. Objectives - Policy statement


Effective road safety education programs will be taught in each stage of learning (K-10) as part of Personal Development, Health & Physical Education (PDHPE) syllabuses and Stage 6 Crossroads.


Driver education programs are to be taught as part of the PDHPE 7-10 syllabus and Stage 6 Crossroads.


This policy requires schools, if implementing driver training (behind-the-wheel) programs, to follow the guidelines and principles outlined in the Driver Training Implementation Guidelines

2. Audience and applicability


Schools including pre-schools attached to schools.

3. Context


This policy provides a summary and consolidation of policy on road safety education across NSW public schools. It is designed to be read in conjunction with the Department’s Road Safety Education website and this policy's implementation documents.


Road safety education, including driver education is taught in NSW public schools as part of PDHPE.


On specific issues related to road safety, the Department of Education is guided by advice from Transport for NSW.

4. Responsibilities and delegations

4.1 All school staff


It is the responsibility of school staff to:

  • ensure that road safety is taught as part of the Personal Development, Health and Physical Education key learning area within each stage of learning and Stage 6 Crossroads.
  • take reasonable measures to protect students against risk of injury or harm which should have reasonably been foreseen.
  • take reasonable care for the health and safety of all in the workplace.

4.2 Parent/Guardians/Caregivers


Parent/Guardians/Caregivers are expected to:

  • cooperate with the school and other government agencies on issues relating to road safety.
  • where relevant, collaborate with the school in planning to support the child‘s safety needs at school including updating information and reviewing plans.

4.3 Students


Students are expected to:

  • contribute to the provision of a healthy and safe environment.
  • co-operate with staff in managing safety.
  • develop the understandings and skills needed to progressively manage their own safety.

5. Monitoring, evaluation and reporting requirements


To maintain the currency and validity of this policy it will be reviewed and updated as necessary at least annually. Staff are invited to submit suggestions to the Road Safety Education Coordinator.

6. Contact

Road Safety Education Coordinator ph: 9266 8001.

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